How to Save 15% with Amazon Subscribe and Save

"Honey, the Amazon order is here!"

“Honey, the Amazon order is here!”

By Mr. Healthful Saver

It is my pleasure to guest write the Healthful Saver blog today and give Mrs. Saver a day off.  Like Mrs. Saver, I love to save money, but I readily admit that I don’t like to work hard to do so.  One of the easiest ways I have found to save money is Amazon’s Subscribe & Save (“S&S”) program.

If you shop at Amazon at all, you have likely come across items offered in the S&S program.  The program includes household items that one buys routinely throughout the year like vitamins, shampoo, and water filters.

When you purchase your first item through the S&S program (by clicking the “Subscribe” button), you choose how often you want to receive the item (e.g. once a month, once every three, etc.) and which day of the month you want your S&S items to arrive.  You can easily cancel the subscription later or change the frequency so there is no danger in buying something via S&S, even if you are not sure if you will want to order it more than once.

All items ordered via S&S are discounted 5% off normal Amazon prices and come with free shipping.  If you have five or more S&S items arriving in a single month, you instead receive 15% off the normal Amazon prices for all those items.  Amazon will ship all those items to you in one box and they are, in essence, passing the savings along to you.

With the discounts, the prices in the S&S program range from so-so to very, very good.  In general, I find the best deals are on products that I would normally need to buy in a speciality or health food store.

While the S&S program is simple, there are some strategies to help ensure that you get the lowest prices.  I will discuss one of those strategies in tomorrow’s post.

7 thoughts on “How to Save 15% with Amazon Subscribe and Save

  1. lilimounce

    Hi Mr. Saver,
    What have you found to be an especially good bargain through Amazon’s S&S program?
    I have a friend who gets certified gluten-free oats for her son, through this program. She likely gets other health-food store type items as well, but know that she saves a lot on these oats.

    1. healthfulsave Post author

      I have had the best luck with finding deals on vitamin brands (e.g. Coromega, Jarrow’s) that I can usually only find in speciality stores. For more common vitamin brands like Nature’s Bounty and Nature’s Made, one can usually do better with a BOGO from CVS or Walgreens.

      I get a number of teas from Rishi and Numi through S&S for considerably less than the grocery store price. I have also found that higher-end skin products like Murad can be had through S&S for less than their price at Sephora (plus no trip to the mall!).

      Similar to what your friend has found with the gluten-free oats, I have had good luck getting the “healthy” sweetener xylitol through S&S for about half of what the same product costs at a local deep discount grocery store.

      One thing to keep in mind is that Amazon’s prices on all these products often fluctuate (sometimes a little, sometimes a lot). In Thursday’s post, I’ll talk about locking in the prices when they drop.

      Mr. Saver

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